A lot of accidents on the road happened because drivers are in a hurry, distracted or simply intentionally do not follow the rules and regulations. Every year, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes that have involved a driver who was distracted in some way.
Unfortunately, a lot of those drivers are teenagers, who are not just irresponsible to their own vehicles and lives, but to other people’s health and lives as well. Some drivers just really don’t care about the rules and driving regulations, they do not care for their own safety and their passengers, friends and family members.
RCMP said a 16-year-old was walking on the perimeter between St. Mary’s Rd. and Ste. Anne’s Rd. when a semi struck him on the highway. The 43-year-old semi-truck driver was traveling west just before 8 p.m. when he hit the teenager.
The teenager was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later upgraded to stable condition. RCMP say the Traffic Services Unit and a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist are investigating the cause of the collision.
According to MPI’s statistics, 71 people were killed in crashes last year, and 30 of those deaths are attributed to impaired driving – impairment caused by either alcohol or drugs. MPI’s stats will differ slightly from police numbers on traffic fatalities, as MPI only considers deaths on public roadways, not in crashes involving off-road, all-terrain vehicles.
So fellow Winnipeggers please don’t text and drive, follow the speed limits, the limits there for a good reason, keep our roads safe and easy to drive. Let’s all be responsible drivers and care for each other, so at the end of the day, we can all come back home to our loved ones.